© Reuters. FILE PHOTO-A cargo ship and containers are seen at an industrial port in Tokyo, Japan, February 15, 2022. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo
By Tetsushi Kajimoto and Kantaro Komiya
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s economy expanded for a third straight quarter in April-June, as brisk exports helped offset the drag from a slowing post-COVID recovery in the services sector, although global recession prospects cloud the outlook.
The 6.0% annualised growth in Japan’s gross domestic product (GDP) figure translated into a quarterly gain of 1.5%, much bigger than median estimates of 0.8% in a Reuters poll.
It followed a revised 3.7% expansion in the first quarter.
The solid GDP data provides relief to policymakers who are seeking to balance economic growth with sustainable inflation and steady wage increases.
By key sub-sectors, private consumption, which makes up more than half of the economy, fell 0.5% quarter-on-quarter in the April-June period.
Exports expanded 3.2% in the second quarter, while capital expenditure was flat.
External demand, or net exports, added 1.8 percentage points to second quarter growth, while domestic demand shaved off 0.3% points.
The Bank of Japan took steps last month to allow long-term interest rates to rise more, a move seen by analysts as the beginning of a gradual shift away from massive monetary stimulus.